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Third generation GOCE direct gravity field solution available

07 November 2011

A third generation satellite-only gravity field solution based on the so-called direct numerical methodology and using GOCE data from 1 November 2009 until 19 April 2011 is now available.

Third generation GOCE time-wise gravity field solution available

04 November 2011

A third generation GOCE-only gravity field solution based on the so-called time-wise methodology and using data from 1 November 2009 until 17 April 2011 is now available.

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New MERIS operational processor switch performed

07 November 2011

The switch to the new MERIS IPF version 6.04 originally planned on 02 November 2011 was performed on 03 November 2011 due to problems at the Kiruna station.

Reprocessing of AATSR Consolidated Products (orbits 49102 - 49218)

10 November 2011

AATSR Consolidated Products (orbits 49102 - 49218), which were generated with shorter than expected length have now been reprocessed.

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Extended availability of Landsat data under the ESA Category-1 scheme

10 November 2011

ESA is pleased to announce an extended availability of Landsat data to the Earth Observation user community.

Landsat-5 spacecraft communication issues

10 November 2011

Due to spacecraft communication issues, all imaging events will be limited to 8 minutes per pass until further notice.

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Planning activities


Special Acquisition Plan

Satellite: Envisat
Date Orbit Instrument Mode
12-Nov-2011 50747 ASA_IM_IS2_HH

Earth Watching activities

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Due to an on-board anomaly the following instrument unavailability periods have been recorded:

  • GOMOS from 26 Oct 2011 18:13:32 to 07 Nov 2011 10:15:05 UTC

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Australian basin

Only during years of especially high rainfall do the surrounding creeks and rivers flow inland toward Lake Eyre, such as in March when heavy rain filled part of the lake and inflows covered the usually dry salt pan.

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Insurance Industry 2012

23 - 24 February 2012

The European Space Agency is hosting an industry workshop in ESA-ESRIN in Frascati, Italy on 23 - 24 February 2012. Earth Observation (EO) data and services can deliver significant benefits to the scientific, public and private sector communities and this workshop examines the potential value of this data to the insurance industry.

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Sentinel-2 Preparatory Symposium

23 - 27 April 2012

The European Space Agency is organising the first 'Sentinel-2 Preparatory Symposium', which will be hosted in ESA-ESRIN, Frascati, Italy, from 23 to 27 April 2012.

The Symposium is open to ESA Principal Investigators, co-investigators, Sentinel-2 users, scientists, students, representatives from national, European and international space agencies and value adding industries.

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Atmospheric Science Conference 2012

18 - 22 June 2012

The European Space Agency is organizing a conference on the topical theme atmosphere to provide scientists and data users with the opportunity to present first-hand and up-to-date results from their ongoing research and application development activities using data from atmospheric instruments on ERS-2, Envisat, Metop and ESA Third Party Missions.

The Conference will be held at the Oud Sint Jan congress centre in Bruges in Belgium.


Abstract Submission deadline: 03 February 2012

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SeaSAR 2012 Workshop

18 - 22 June 2012

The European Space Agency and the Norwegian Space Centre are jointly organising the fourth SAR oceanography workshop, SEASAR 2012, entitled "Advances in SAR Oceanography", which is to be hosted in Tromso, Norway, from 18 to 22 June 2012.

The workshop is open to scientists and students in the field of SAR oceanography including ESA Principle Investigators and co-investigators, to users of data from future SAR missions like Sentinel-1 and Radarsat Constellation Mission (RCM) and to representatives from national, European and international space agencies and value adding industry.


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ESA EO Summer School 2012 on earth system monitoring and modelling

30 July - 10 August 2012

The European Space Agency (ESA) organizes a series of summer schools on Monitoring of the Earth System to promote the exploitation of Earth Observation EO data across disciplines, with a specific focus on their assimilation into Earth System models.

The two-week course, held in ESA/ESRIN (near Rome, Italy) during August (typically every two years) aims to provide students with an integrated end-to-end perspective going from measurement techniques to end-user applications.

The school is open to young researchers (Ph.D. students, young post-doctoral scientists) who are specialised in a variety of Earth Science disciplines and wish to expand and improve their knowledge and skills.


Deadline for applications: 29 February 2012

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20 Years of Progress in Radar Altimetry

24 - 29 September 2012

To mark the 20 year anniversary of the launch of ERS-1 and TOPEX/POSEIDON, ESA, in collaboration with the French Space Agency, CNES, organised a Symposium in Venice, Italy. This event was sponsored by other partner agencies and organisations supporting the development of altimetry.